Sunday, June 05, 2016

Saturday night at the Great Lakes Surf Battle

I attended Saturday night's edition of the 11th annual Great Lakes Surf Battle at The Cadillac Lounge, which was won by Montreal's The Men In Gray Suits.

I unfortunately arrived too late to see The Surfrajettes, but they were obviously a crowd favourite and finished a close second when it came to the audience response voting at the end of the night. As a frustratingly heterosexual male, they get my honourary award for best looking band of the night.

This is how I ranked the five bands I saw (and photographed), with a non-stage shot of The Surfrajettes added at the end so they're represented:

The Men in Gray Suits (Montreal)  
The Hang-Ten Hangmen (Vancouver)
The High Tides (Toronto)
The Reverb Syndicate (Ottawa)
The Black Eleven (Toronto)
The Surfrajettes (Toronto)

The fun and surf sounds continue tonight with performances by The Blue Demons at 8 p.m. and The Red Elvises at 9 p.m. to help the Cadillac celebrate its 16th anniversary. 

I won't be able to make it, but I definitely recommend both groups. It's been a few years since I've seen either of them, but they've always put a smile on my face. I've purchased lucha libre masks from The Blue Demons and I think I still have a Red Elvises sticker somewhere. The big red balalaika bass must be seen to be believed.